Wed. Feb 21st, 2024


Kiernan Shipka, David Corenswet, and several others have joined Daisy Edgar-Jones in the Twister follow-up Twisters

Twenty-seven years after the release of the blockbuster disaster film Twister (watch it HERE), Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment have finally put a follow-up on the fast track to release – but they’re not calling it a sequel. Scheduled to receive a theatrical release on July 19, 2024Twisters is being described as a “new chapter” in what is about to become a franchise… and it just rounded out its cast. Deadline reports that Kiernan Shipka (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), Maura Tierney (The Affair), Harry Hadden-Paton (Downton Abbey), Sasha Lane (American Honey), Nik Dodani (Atypical), Tunde Adebimpe (Spider-Man: Homecoming), Katy O’Brian (The Mandalorian), Brandon Perea (Nope), and David Corenswet (Pearl) – who may be the next Superman – have all signed on to play roles in the film.

They join previously announced cast members Daisy Edgar-Jones (Where the Crawdads Sing), Glen Powell (Top Gun: Maverick), Anthony Ramos (In the Heights), and Daryl McCormack (Peaky Blinders).

Character details are being kept under wraps. We do know that Edgar-Jones is playing a former storm chaser who works a desk job after surviving a disastrous tornado encounter. However, she will be forced back out onto the field.

Minari director Lee Isaac Chung is at the helm of Twisters, working from a screenplay written by The Revenant‘s Mark L. Smith. The film is being co-financed by Warner Bros. Sara Scott and Jacqueline Garell are overseeing the project for Universal Pictures, while Ashley Jay Sandberg does the same for the Kennedy/Marshall production company.

Directed by Jan de Bont from a screenplay by Michael Crichton and Anne-Marie Martin, the first Twister told the following story: Bill and Jo Harding, advanced storm chasers on the brink of divorce, must join together to create an advanced weather alert system by putting themselves in the cross-hairs of extremely violent tornadoes. The film starred Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt – and a couple years ago, Hunt was developing a sequel with Blindspotting writers Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal that she wanted to direct herself. Apparently the studio wasn’t interested in her approach.

Universal had talked to Top Gun: Maverick director Joseph Kosinski about a Twister remake, but Kosinski chose to work with Brad Pitt and Apple on a Formula One racing movie instead.

What do you think of the cast that has been assembled for Twisters? Are you interested in watching these actors chase – and get chased by – tornadoes? Share your thoughts on this one by leaving a comment below.

Kiernan Shipka

By Dave Jenks

Dave Jenks is an American novelist and Veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Between those careers, he’s worked as a deckhand, commercial fisherman, divemaster, taxi driver, construction manager, and over the road truck driver, among many other things. He now lives on a sea island, in the South Carolina Lowcountry, with his wife and youngest daughter. They also have three grown children, five grand children, three dogs and a whole flock of parakeets. Stinnett grew up in Melbourne, Florida and has also lived in the Florida Keys, the Bahamas, and Cozumel, Mexico. His next dream is to one day visit and dive Cuba.